“Sport Against Violent Energy” introduces 1,500 young people to cricket.
24th July 2023 – Port-of-Spain: Cricket legend Brian Lara and the Trinidad and Tobago-based Heroes Foundation have joined forces for a transformative sport and youth development initiative called ‘SAVE’ – Sport Against Violent Energy.
The initiative was launched during the West Indies vs India test match at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad on Friday, where fifteen hundred (1,500) local and migrant youth attendees were introduced to the wonderful world of cricket.
United by a shared vision to leverage sport and youth development to create positive change, SAVE aims to highlight the pivotal role that sports play in nurturing future generations, fostering vibrant communities, and ultimately making significant strides in curbing negative influences.
The launch received overwhelming support from what was the largest youth crowd in the oval, with young attendees coming from thirty-two (32) Secondary Schools and Civil-Society Organisations from across the country.
This united front of young people and communities emphasised the appeal and value of sports in empowering youth while rallying thunderous support and pride for both the West Indies and Indian cricket teams. The event also provided an incredible opportunity for attendees to engage with local and international icons, including the legendary Brian Lara himself, former West Indies Cricketer, Dinanath Ramnarine, Miss World Trinidad and Tobago Aché Abrahams, and Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago Faith Gillezeau.
PHOTO: Brian Lara with young cricket fans at the SAVE launch with the Heroes Foundation
Speaking during the launch, Lara expressed his commitment to the region’s development.
“I have witnessed the transformative power of sports for young people, families, and communities across the world, especially when consistent support is provided. My stepping stone into cricket began on Sundays at the Harvard Coaching Clinic, which ignited my passion for the sport and played a crucial role in my character and skills development. I want more young people to have similar opportunities. While they have more distractions today than when I was growing up, I am excited about the positive impact we can create through SAVE and the work of the Heroes Foundation.
Together, across our region, we can foster a new generation of sportsmen and sportswomen who will make us all proud as both skilled players and responsible global citizens. Collaboration among clubs, foundations, academies, governments, and corporates, all working in the best interest of our youth, is essential for achieving this vision. I am grateful for the support we received for this launch event, especially from our sponsors, and look forward to the work we will do together.”
Founded in 2002, the Heroes Foundation is dedicated to empowering children and youth to find the hero within themselves and become positive change agents in their schools, communities, and countries. By implementing long-term development programmes and skills-development initiatives, Heroes helps address psychosocial and socioeconomic barriers that hinder their development and creates safe spaces where they can build a sense of community, collaborate, and support each other grow.
PHOTO: Hard at work – Brian Lara and Heroes Foundation CEO at the SAVE launch
Chief Executive Officer of the Heroes Foundation, Lawrence Arjoon, expressed appreciation for Brian Lara’s commitment to long-term development work.
“We’re motivated by the positive transformation seen in the thousands of young people who have gone through our programmes in safe, supportive environments over the past twenty years. With Brian Lara’s leadership, we are excited by the expanded opportunities SAVE will provide for young people to grow and thrive.
When heroes like Brian Lara support young people by sharing their stories, experiences, and efforts, they inspire the next generation to dream big, believe in themselves, and find courage despite their challenges. The youth participation and support at Friday’s game and launch is a testament to that.”
Lara and Heroes extend their heartfelt gratitude to all supporters and partners for the launch of SAVE who believe in the power of sports to shape a brighter future for our region’s youth:
- The West Indies Cricket Board
- National Lotteries Control Board
- JMMB Bank
- Visa Inc. Marketing
- Blue Waters
- Victor and Sally Moutet Foundation
- Kalloo’s Auto Rentals, Taxi Service & Tours
- The Pan-American Development Foundation
- Gravitas Business Solutions
- Blewstream Group
- The Lara Agency
- Fides Limited
- Price Chopper Inc
PHOTO: Young cricket fans at the SAVE launch with Brian Lara and the Heroes Foundation
- AMMR Child Friendly Spaces – Carapichima
- AMMR Child Friendly Spaces – Moruga
- AMMR Child Friendly Spaces – Penal
- Belmont Secondary School
- Bishop Anstey High School East
- D Eastern Cricket Academy
- Diego Martin North Secondary School
- Families in Action
- Five Rivers Secondary School
- Heroes Foundation Child Friendly Spaces
- Holy Faith Convent, Penal
- Marabella South Secondary School
- NiNa Young Women Leadership Programme
- Rainbow Rescue
- Ryu Dan Empowerment Foundation
- Sangre Grande Development Foundation
- Savonetta Primary School
- Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra
- Siparia West Secondary School
- Southeast Port of Spain Secondary School
- St. Dominic’s Children Home
- St. James Police Youth Club
- St. Mary’s Children’s Home
- Success Laventille Secondary School
- Tranquillity Government Secondary School
- Trinity College, East
- Trinity College, Moka
- We Say Yes Organisation
- Why Farm
- Woodbrook Secondary School
- Miss World Trinidad and Tobago, Aché Abrahams
- Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago, Faith Gillezeau.
- Top Model of the World T&T, Latifah Morris
- Crowns and Sashes Trinidad and Tobago
- Dinanath Ramnarine
PHOTO: National Queens with children at the Brian Lara and Heroes Foundation SAVE launch